March 3 2015 Latest news:

Lifestyle

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Keeping sight of the ‘Cockney Sparrow’ in London

Sparrows have a rich history in this city, so let’s hope they stick around, says Bob Gilbert.

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Anu Paalova at Jivita Ayurveda

Alternative therapies: ‘I discovered the healing power of ayurveda’

While practicing yoga around six years ago, Anu Paavola decided she wanted to understand more about her body.

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Volunteer gardeners working at Cecil Sharp House: Susannah Hall, Hugh Livingstone, Kayode Olafimihan & Sean Tansey. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Gardening: Got a garden that needs a makeover? You need to Permablitz it

If I had any mental picture of the entrance way to Cecil Sharp House, Regent’s Park Road, NW1, it was of something rather dry and gloomy, of being flanked by dark trees as one made a hesitant progress towards the non-obvious front door. It certainly was not of a vibrant flower bed.

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Renovated Virgin Active in Crouch End. Regular clients Katy Mills, left, and Rachael Field Roddis with Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Competition: Win a year-long membership at Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club

To celebrate the re-launch of Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club, we are offering two readers the chance to win a free yearlong membership at the club.

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Julie Kerr

Former model turned bulimia recovery coach talks about her turnaround

After struggling to avert your eye from the confectionery stand, your gaze takes you to the magazine rack as you wait in the queue of any newsagents worth its salt.

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DAYTONA by Cotton, Joe (Harry Shearer), Billy (Oliver Cotton) and Elli (Maureen Lipman) Writer - Oliver Cotton,  Director - David Grindley, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/

Maureen Lipman won’t spill the beans on the big secret behind latest show

At least according to newspaper folklore, the trouble with even the most wonderful actors is that they are typically the trickiest people to interview.

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Hornsey school for girls celebrating good ofsted report, Students pictured with Head teacher Carol Jones

What are the benefits of a single sex education?

Choosing a secondary school is hard, even for the most competitive parent-child teams. There are academic queries, state or independent considerations and swimming pool conundrums. Then there is the seemingly eternal question of co-education or single-sex.

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ICON Training

New Lords traineeships equipping the young with skills for work

As the UK economy begins to show signs of recovery, the pressure on large and small businesses alike is starting to subside. The benefits of austerity, however, aren’t extending enough to the young and unemployed, as a recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reveals.

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Education

Parents are awaiting to hear which school their child has been allocated. Picture: PA Wire

National Offer Day: Camden, Haringey and Barnet children to receive secondary school place offers

Schoolchildren in Camden, Haringey, Westminster, and Barnet are awaiting to hear if they have been given a state secondary school place of their choice on what is known as “National Offer Day”.

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High Speed 2

An artist's impression of how the new Parliament Hill School building will look. Picture: ASTUDIO Ltd

Dams project and schools development to turn Hampstead Heath into ‘battlefield’

Hampstead Heath will be a “nightmare” for three years when hundreds of lorries descend as part of construction works for a £22million schools redevelopment and the controversial dams project, a conservationist has warned.

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Obituaries

Philip Vince

‘Unrivalled’ Lib Dem activist Philip Vince remembered

If you have been a member of the Liberal Democrats, at any level, then the likelihood is you will have met Philip Vince or maybe you will have had a handwritten note from Philip in immaculate spider-small handwriting.

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